Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Photo by Megan Langford via Twitter.

Moms Demand Action meeting sees tenfold increase in attendance after Parkland shooting. The growing call for changes following the killing of 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Feb. 14 has invigorated activists in Johnson County. More than 200 people attended the monthly membership meeting of a Johnson County chapter of Moms Demand Action last night. Usual attendance is around 20 people. Shawnee Mission School Board member Laura Guy was in attendance. “A teacher came up and thanked me for being there,” Guy wrote on Twitter. “She said she’s still shook up after Parkland. Our teachers need our support – and gratitude.”

Brent Welder touts poll showing him with a lead against Yoder. Democratic candidate Brent Welder’s campaign on Thursday released a poll commissioned by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a group the supports progressive Democrats like those associated with Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign, that showed a 7 point lead for Welder in a head-to-head match against incumbent Kevin Yoder. The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, sampled 315 “likely voters” in District 3, and has a margin of error of 5.5 percent. It did not include any of the other Democratic candidates for the nomination. The PCCC also announced it was endorsing Welder.

Tom Niermann to host “Teacher Town Hall” Saturday, will discuss gun violence at schools. Tom Niermann, the Prairie Village teacher seeking the Democratic nomination in the Third Congressional District race, will host a “Teacher Town Hall” at the Sylvester Powell, Jr., Community Center in Mission Saturday to discuss how government decisions affect Kansas schools. Rep. Brett Parker, Shawnee City Councilwoman Lindsey Constance and former Blue Vally Superintendent Dave Benson are among the scheduled participants. Niermann said he’ll be addressing gun violence in the classroom in his remarks. The event begins at 1:30 p.m.

Kevin Yoder visits Home Depot, Walmart to highlight worker bonuses after tax cut bill. Rep. Kevin Yoder made a series of stops to local businesses this week, including Home Depot and Walmart locations. He credited the Republicans’ Tax Cut and Jobs Act will spurring the companies to offer one-time bonuses of up to $1,000 to their hourly employees.

Roeland Park reception for artist Ken Downs is tonight. Roeland Park is hosting a reception this evening for the opening of a sow of artist Ken Downs’ watercolor and acrylic paintings. The receptions will be 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Roeland Park City Hall. Downs’ works will remain on display at city hall through February 27.